Show Summary Details
Page of

The clinical approach to neurophysiology 

The clinical approach to neurophysiology
The clinical approach to neurophysiology

Kerry R. Mills

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 May 2022

The clinical approach to neurophysiology provides a scheme for the conduct of a neurophysiological examination from the initial contact with the patient to the provision of a final report. The importance of focused history-taking and physical examination in tailoring the test plan is stressed as is the necessity of maintaining rapport with the patient. The difficult issues of consent and what to tell the patient at the end of the examination are discussed. The importance of honest communication with the patient is highlighted. Test results are judged against a framework of normal values. The statistics of defining such reference values and the many factors that may influence them are covered. Finally, there is a discussion of the safety of neurophysiological procedures with suggestions as to how to mitigate against the main risks, such as bleeding diathesis in EMG and seizures with transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.